Washington Sundar was left stranded on 96 as Ishant Sharma and then Mohammed Siraj were dismissed in the same over by England all-rounder Ben Stokes. India however, won the match in the end and qualified for the World Test Championship final at Lord’s to be played later this year. Sundar added two crucial partnerships enroute to his unbeaten 96. First, he added a 113-run stand with Rishabh Pant and then a 106-run stand with Axar.
Meanwhile, after India won the match, Washington Sundar‘s father blasted the Indian tailenders for not being able to save their wickets so that his son could get to his maiden Test ton.
Disappointed With The Tail-Enders: Washington Sundar’s Father
“What I am really disappointed about are the tail-enders. They couldn’t stay on for even a brief while. Suppose India were playing, needing 10 runs to win, wouldn’t this have been a huge mistake. There are millions of youngsters watching, they shouldn’t learn what the tail-enders did,” he said to News 18.
He said that with the England bowlers tiring the tail-enders should have shown more courage with the bat.
“It is not about technique or skills. It was a matter of courage. England were tired, Stokes was bowling at 123-126. They were not bowling at lethal pace,” he added.
His father said that he is tired of people asking him if his son can bat and face the new ball. Washington Sundar, said his father, is ready to bat anywhere for the sake of the team.
“I don’t understand why people are surprised at his batting. I have been hearing. He can face the new ball. But we are ready for whatever the Indian team asks him to do,” his father was quoted as saying in News18.
Ravichandran Ashwin, who ended the series with 32 wickets and was the Man of the Series also praised the way Sundar batted in the fourth Test. The youngster scored 181 runs at an average of 90.50, the highest among the batters in the series.
“I am not surprised at his batting because he works really hard at his batting. We have discussions on how you should bowl more as well. He loves his batting,” Ashwin said.